Sodom and Gomorrah: Depravity Back to all sermons

Genesis

Date: October 21, 2018

Speaker: Sean Grossman

Series: Genesis

Scripture: Genesis 19:1–19:14

  • Genesis 19:1-14
  • Depravity
  • Genesis 19:1-3

1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth 2 and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant's house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” 3 But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

  • Genesis 19:4-11

4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. 5 And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” 6 Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, 7 and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. 8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” 9 But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. 10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. 11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.

  • Genesis 19:12-14

12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. 13 For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” 14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.

  • Main Point
  • These verses answer two questions
  • First concerning whether or not the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is real
  • Second, are there even 10 righteous
  • We find the answer to the first is yes, and the second is no
  • The people revel in their sin and deserve judgment
  • Application Points
  • Depravity
  • We have seen the heart is, “deceitful above all things” (Jer. 17:9)
  • In particular with the Noah generation who would bind themselves to dark realms
  • The wickedness and unnatural state humanity strove for was worthy of judgment
  • In today’s text we see much of the same
  • They sought unrighteousness, injustice, and immorality
  • Not only against Lot and the angels, but also how they continued to strive despite the warnings given to them
  • Instead of repentance they continued to grope in the darkness for their hearts desire
  • Application Points
  • Depravity (2)
  • Things haven’t changed much in our own time
  • In our own culture there are estimated 3000 abortions a day
  • There have been 8542 human trafficking reports this year
  • 6081 of those are sex trafficking
  • In 2017, we find there were 1,247,321 reported violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault)
  • There were 7.5 million property crimes
  • There were 5.5 million larceny theft crimes
  • None of these include the undocumented cases, nor do they show what we as Christians would consider immoral
  • Application Points
  • Depravity (3)
  • These do not include the world statistics
  • The point of this is that humanity has a problem when it comes to morality
  • Whether breaking the laws we impose on ourselves via governments, or the Law of God
  • In the final judgment it will not be our American standards we will face down
  • Instead, it will be the standard of God’s holy and righteous character
  • The problem with the judgment of God is that each one of us has committed crimes against Him and His Law
  • Application Points
  • Depravity (4)
  • Have you ever placed something above God in your life?
  • Have you ever worshipped an image rather than God?
  • Have you ever taken the Lord’s name in vain?
  • Have you ever forgotten the Sabbath?
  • Have you ever failed to honor your parents?
  • Have you ever murdered? (Hatred according to Jesus, counts as murder [Matthew 5:21-26])
  • Have you ever committed adultery? (Lust is considered adultery to Jesus [Matthew 5:27-30])
  • Have you ever stolen?
  • Have you ever borne false witness?
  • Have you ever coveted after your neighbor?
  • Application Points
  • Depravity (5)
  • When it comes to all the Law and the prophets Christ hung it on two commandments
  • Have you failed to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind and the second which is like it, love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40)
  • All of us could say we have failed, and we could all say we have not glorified God to the fullest of our abilities
  • “Yes! But I am not that bad! I’ve done good things! I’m an, overall, good person! After all the person next to me isn’t that great either!”

9 What then? Are we Jews1 any better off?2 No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:

 

“None is righteous, no, not one;

11   no one understands;

no one seeks for God.

12   All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;

no one does good,

not even one.”

13   “Their throat is an open grave;

they use their tongues to deceive.”

“The venom of asps is under their lips.”

 

14   “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

15   “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

16   in their paths are ruin and misery,

17   and the way of peace they have not known.”

18There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

(Romans 3:9-20, ESV)

  • Application Points
  • Depravity (6)
  • In these verses we all stand condemned before the mighty and powerful God of all the Scriptures
  • Not one of us can stand before Him
  • We have corrupted His creation, we have slandered His name
  • We have spilt the blood of the weak, the just, the innocent
  • Shall any of us stand before the fury of God?
  • Shall any of us dare stand before the incorruptible One?
  • Shall any one of us stand with our fist clenched before God?
  • Application Points
  • Depravity (7)
  • Despite the absurdity of it, we have done it, and still do it
  • We are like the men of Sodom who have been blinded by a glorious light yet grope in the darkness
  • To the Great One, the mighty Lamb of God, we judged, we condemned, and we killed the Son of God
  • We murdered, we slandered, we crushed, thinking that God was finally silenced
  • How can any of us be spared knowing we must face this reality, that we are the ones who placed Christ on the tree?
  • Can any of us read the story of the corruption and not see it is merely a reflection of ourselves?
  • Application Points
  • Depravity (8)
  • Have we been brought low enough?
  • Do you sense the judgment is coming?
  • Do you sense the darkness?
  • In our sin there is no hope, no rest, no peace
  • For the One who we find our hope brings our judgment
  • The One who can give us rest comes to rouse us
  • The One who can give us peace comes with a sword
  • Application Points
  • Depravity (9)
  • Behold yourself
  • Behold your sin, your destruction
  • It comes not at the hand of the person to your left, or your right, or the stranger in the night
  • It doesn’t come from yourself
  • Your destruction comes from a righteous and holy God whose decrees, whose judgments, are just, and righteous, and good
  • It is good for God to judge us, for He can do no other against such a wicked people as us
  • Application Points
  • The Gospel of Christ
  • Origins
  • Fall
  • Redemption
  • Glorification